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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH] big continuous memory allocator v2
On Tue, 07 Sep 2010 09:29:21 +0200
Andi Kleen <> wrote:

> KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <> writes:
> > This is a page allcoator based on memory migration/hotplug code.
> > passed some small tests, and maybe easier to read than previous one.
> Maybe I'm missing context here, but what is the use case for this?

I hear some drivers want to allocate xxMB of continuous area.(camera?)
Maybe embeded guys can answer the question.

> If this works well enough the 1GB page code for x86, which currently
> only supports allocating at boot time due to the MAX_ORDER problem,
> could be moved over to runtime allocation. This would make
> GB pages a lot nicer to use.
> I think it would still need declaring a large moveable
> area at boot right? (but moveable area is better than
> prereserved memory)

I think a main use-case is using allocation-at-init rather than boot
option. If modules can allocate a big chunk in __init_module() at boot,
boot option will not be necessary and it will be user friendly.
I think there are big free space before application starts running.

If on-demand loading of modules are required, it's safe to use MOVABLE zones.

> On the other hand I'm not sure the VM is really up to speed
> in managing such large areas.


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